Public Safety - Fire Scene

Emergency Support Services (ESS)


Abbotsford Emergency Support Services (ESS)

Abbotsford Emergency Support Services (ESS) provides short-term services (generally for up to 72 hours) to preserve the emotional and physical well being of evacuees and response workers in emergency situations.  This assistance includes food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification.

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ESS Response Activation Levels

  • Level 1 - Minor Evacuation, an incident involving one or two families. Services are provided at the incident site (e.g. house fire, water main rupture).
     
  • Level 2 - Limited Evacuation, an incident involving three or more families. Services are delivered either on site or in a Reception Centre (e.g. apartment fire, explosion).
     
  • Level 3 - Limited Evacuation, involves a larger number of evacuees and have an increase in complexity. The number of Reception Centres and/or Group Lodging sites that are activated increase as needed (e.g. chemical spill requiring evacuation of a neighbourhood)
     
  • Level 4  - Extensive Evacuation, involves a larger number of evacuees and has an increase in complexity. The number of Reception Centres and/or Group Lodging sites that are activated increase as needed (e.g. major flooding, interface fire, earthquakes)

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ESS Volunteer Program

This group of dedicated volunteers assists in planning for the well-being of the citizens in our community in the event of a disaster. 

For more information about Abbotsford Emergency Support Services (ESS) contact the Emergency Program Office at 604-853-3566  or visit BC Emergency Social Services (ESS).

Interested in becoming a volunteer?  Complete our online application.

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Abbotsford Emergency Communication Service

This team of volunteers is an integral component to the Abbotsford Emergency Program.  In an emergency we face the very real possibility that lines of communication may be severed or interrupted.  The AEP relies heavily on the back up communication link that members of the AERCS are trained to provide for an emergency incident in our community. More information about the program is available on the Radio Amateurs of Canada website.

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Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue

The Abbotsford Emergency Program is very fortunate to have this essential team of dedicated volunteers to deliver professional quality search and rescue service to the community.  This team continues to develop and maintain the resources and skills to safely and successfully resolve incidents outlined by local or provincial agencies. More information about the service and programs is available on the Cental Fraser Valley Search and Rescue website.

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